Sources: Thunder acquire 76ers forward Jerami Grant

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Jerami Grant started 52 games for the 76ers last season. (AP)
Jerami Grant started 52 games for the 76ers last season. (AP)

The Oklahoma City Thunder acquired Philadelphia 76ers forward Jerami Grant, a deal that clears several million in roster salary for the Thunder, league sources told The Vertical.

The Thunder sent veteran forward Ersan Ilyasova and a future first-round pick (protected Nos. 1-20) to the 76ers, league sources said. The pick turns into two future second-round picks if not conveyed, sources said. The earliest the pick could be conveyed is 2020 because the Thunder owe Utah a first-round selection in 2018.

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The Thunder had been intrigued with making a deal for Grant for several months and finally struck a deal for the athletic forward Tuesday. Grant averaged 9.7 points and 4.7 rebounds in 52 starts for the Sixers a season ago.

The Thunder have been trying to find an athletic forward to complement their roster and pursued Grant as a short-term solution. Oklahoma City has maintained a strong interest in making a deal for Sacramento forward Rudy Gay, but the Grant deal allows the franchise to save money with the departure of Ilyasova’s $8.4 million contract this season.

The deal moves the Thunder $7.1 million below the salary cap.

The Sixers found Grant to be expendable with the arrival of several young wing players, including Ben Simmons, Dario Saric and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot.

Grant, 22, was the 39th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft out of Syracuse.

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